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Safe Sleep Hawaii provides statewide leadership in preventing infant deaths through educating Parents, Caregivers, Teachers and Health care providers on the Safe Sleep Practices following American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.
Suffocation is the leading cause of fatal injuries among Hawaii Infants age 0-12 months. Many sleep-related infant deaths occur from suffocation when infants were sleeping in a face-down position.
Safe Sleep Practices can reduce the risk of death from suffocation:
  • Place infants on their back to sleep, even for naps
  • Place infants to sleep in safety-approved cribs with firm mattresses
  • Keep the car and home smoke-free
  • Keep pillows, soft comforters and stuffed toys out of the sleep area
  • To prevent overheating - Do not overdress infants when they sleep
  • aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;116/5/1245 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on sleeping environment and reducing risk of SIDS.
  • www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Back to Sleep campaign on sleep position for babies and reducing the risk of SIDS.
  • www.sidscenter.org National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center professional and consumer educational materials on SIDS risk reduction, current research and trends, grief and bereavement, ethnic disparities, and infant mortality statistics.
  • www.firstcandle.org First Candle is a national non-profit health organization addressing SIDS, other infant death, still birth and miscarriage.
  • www.compassionatefriends.org The Compassionate Friends, Inc. assists families worldwide toward the positive resolution following the death of a child of any age and cause.
  • www.cribsforkids.org Cribs for Kids is a national infant safe sleep educational program.

Committee Members and Founders:
State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Dana Fong- Safe Sleep Advocate, Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Consumer Product Safety Commission
© Safe Sleep Hawaii 2009